EGON WELLESZ (1885-1974): Piano Concerto, Op. 49, Violin Concerto, Op. 84.
Catalogue Number: 05L008
Description: The 1933 piano concerto is a work of its time and place - neo-baroque with a virtuoso solo part, brittle and, at times, flirting with atonality - meaning Bartók and the milieu of composers loosely grouped around Schoenberg. Although a product of 1961 and 23 years of English "exile", Wellesz' violin concerto opens sounding for all the world like an expressionist film score from the Berlin of the early 1930s - all dark mutterings and shadowy skitterings etched across a mostly nightmarish landscape. Margarete Babinsky (piano), David Frühwirth (violin), RSO Berlin; Roger Epple.